THE HIGHEST PAYING SCHOOL OVERALL? IT’S NOT HARVARD OR STANFORD
Looking beyond business, the highest paid graduates overall come from California’s Harvey Mudd College, a private California liberal arts program focused on science, engineering, and math. Here, graduates pull down $78,500 early in their careers. Another tech-driven program, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is nipping at Harvey Mudd’s heals, with undergraduates reporting $78,300 annual pay early in their careers. The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy hold the third and fourth spots at $76,000 and 72,900 respectively. Stanford rounds out the top five at $70,800. An interesting tid bit? At $65,700, Harvard grads earn less than their peers at the SUNY Maritime College, Loma Linda University and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (and they make less than Princeton grads to add insult to injury).
By mid-career, the pattern remains remarkably consistent. Here, the SUNY Maritime College has taken the top spot, with alumni (who haven’t pursued a post-graduate degree) earning $144,000 on average. Harvey Mudd drops to third (tied with Princeton) at $131,000, with MIT and Stanford retaining the second and fifth spots making $134,000 and $127,000 respectively.
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